Happy birthday to me?
My fondest childhood memory is my back not hurting.
I woke up Friday morning and realized that in exactly one month, I will be 32 years old. Like any self-respecting adult, I rolled over and went back to bed.
I’m not going to lie — I definitely expected my life to be much different by this point. If you had asked me when I was 22 where I’d be at 32, I would have said:
I’d be married.
Have 2.5 children.
Have an MBA.
Be living in an amazing penthouse in New York City.
Be a world-renowned fashion designer showing at New York Fashion Week…
You get the idea. Now at almost 32, I’m only sold on the first two points, except I would like whole — not fractional — children.
Now, I’m on a different path and one that feels better to me. I still feel like I’m trying to find my niche, but I have always known I wanted to write, and now I have the time, wherewithal and freedom with which to hone that craft. I’m incredibly grateful for you — the several hundred-some-odd people who read my crazy newsletter.
I never thought my ideas were all that important, but I feel so validated to have you following me and especially to have a community where we can engage and discuss the strange intersection of art, history, politics and whatever the hell is happening on Twitter right now.
I hope someday to make a living off my writing. In the coming weeks, I’m going to start putting half of my new content behind a paywall. So if you’ve ever wanted to get me a birthday present…
A birthday gift from me, to you, to me
Until my 32 birthday on Dec. 18, I’m offering 32% off a lifetime subscription. It will give you access to everything I put behind a paywall, all of my comment sections, any paid features I add in the future, and if you get a paid subscription AND respond to this email letting me know your address, I’ll even send you a handwritten postcard to say thank you.♥️
(If you’re already a paid subscriber, go ahead and send me an email if you want a postcard.)
Not only do you get to read all of my essays, but you’re also supporting an independent writer in a growing movement of independent writers, thinkers and media.
You can also give up to three gift subscriptions to your friends who you think might like reading The Charrette.
How do I get the offer?
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I really can’t thank you enough for subscribing and reading along. Here’s to more insanity in the year to come.